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 |  Jan 17 2012, 2:15 PM

With BMW seemingly bent on filling every automotive niche it possibly can, we’ve now been given more details on the M6 Gran Coupe, based on the 6-Series four-door slated for introduction this year.

In essence, the M6 Gran Coupe takes many features from the new F10 chassis M5, including that car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and wraps them in a slightly harder edge package (slicker profile and lower center of gravity).

With 552 hp and some 501 lb-ft of torque on tap, that should give it a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed (electronically limited of course), of 155 mph.

In typical M-car fashion, the Gran Coupe M6 will get more aggressive styling tweaks than the garden variety version, including a more pronounced front fascia, rocker panels and rear diffuser with signature quad exhaust tips.

With the launch of the regular 6-Series Gran Coupe (shown above) still several months away, it’s unlikely we’ll see the M version materialize for at least a year, though when it does, this car will certainly give Mercedes’ 5.5-liter CLS AMG (which makes less power but slightly more torque) a good run for its money.

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Dec 23 2011, 5:35 PM

Considering that many rumors have been circulating about the future of the Chevrolet Camaro, ranging from the fact that it might be axed, to it being based on a version of the same platform that will underpin the Cadillac ATS (which would essentially mean no V8 option, due to lack of space under the hood),  it now appears that through the end of the decade at least, the Camaro won’t likely change too much.

Yet, aside from information apparently gleaned from inside sources at the General that the next iteration of the Camaro will debut as a 2016 model and it will retain the 6.2-liter V8, not much else is currently being revealed.

However, given that tough Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards are looming and the fact that the current Camaro is rather heavy (more than 300 lbs heavier than the Mustang, which itself is  no bantam), don’t be surprised if the 2016 model goes on a diet; GM has stated previously that the next Camaro will be dimensionally smaller, which likely also means it will be significantly lighter too. Stay tuned for further developments.

[Source: GM Inside News]

 |  Oct 31 2011, 6:20 PM

Following on from some images of the upcoming  Scion FR-S (Toyota FT-86 in other markets), detailed specifications have now been leaked from a reported actual Toyota training manual onto the web, via enthusiast site FT86Club.com

If the information that’s surfaced is in fact accurate, then the specs of the rear-drive coupe look something like this: Two trim levels (at least in Japan); including a base and higher performance variant (the latter with a standard limited slip rear differential, leather steering wheel, white faced gauges, six-speaker premium sound system and LED lighting); a choice of manual gearbox or automatic transmission; a standard 197 horsepower 2.0-liter dual overhead cam boxer four cylinder engine that requires premium unleaded fuel; curb weight in the vicinity of 2,700 lbs (fairly light for a modern coupe of this ilk) and a choice of different wheel and tire combinations (16-inch wheels on base cars, 17-inchers on the others).

In addition there’s also reportedly a “Customize Grade” variant with a very basic interior, unpainted bumpers and steel 16-inch wheels, though, as with other Japanese performance cars in the past, this one is likely aimed at JDM racers and hardcore motorsports enthusiasts, which means it probably won’t be showing up in Scion showrooms anytime soon.

Given the drip feed of leaked information we’ve been experiencing with the FR-S/FT-86 in recent weeks, it’ll be interesting to see what else comes to light before the car makes it’s official debut. Stay tuned for any further developments.

[Source:FT86Club.com]

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 |  Oct 31 2011, 3:27 PM

Amid grand plans to turn the brand into a true Audi/BMW competitor Ford stated, that in addition to Lincoln being given greater autonomy, it had put in place plans to introduce a raft of new models, including a “premium” compact car, the MKC, designed to compete with the likes of the A3 and 1-Series.

Well now it appears those plans have been axed, Lincoln deciding that a better use of resources would be to introduce a compact crossover, since according to inside sources at Dearborn it was believed said small car (shown above in concept C form) could cannibalize sales of Lincoln’s bread and butter sedan, the MKZ, slated for a major redo.

However, it also appears, that the updated 2013 MKZ has now been delayed; with a launch date set for late next year instead of early summer 2012.

Getting back to Lincoln’s new compact crossover, rumored to be called the MkD, it will likely be spun off the new Ford Escape, and possibly feature standard EcoBoost power, in order to make it a worth contender against the likes of Audi’s Q3.

As for Lincoln’s other plans, rumors continue to persist about a rear-wheel drive flagship, though what architecture it will be based on remains to be seen, especially as Ford currently doesn’t have any large rear-drive cars, certainly in North America.

Nevertheless, a high-zoot flagship; using either modified Mustang or Australian Ford Falcon underpinnings could really pave the way for a Lincoln renaissance, reviving the brand as a true alternative to the likes of the popular German marques. And if a bit of that polish rubs off on said flagship’s smaller stablemates, so much the better.

[Source: Ford Inside News]

 |  Oct 11 2011, 1:30 PM

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley Motors’ CEO recently declared, in reference to the firm’s upcoming SUV, that,  ”we will be first to use a 12-cylinder petrol engine in a luxury SUV.”

Unfortunately he’s wrong. That distinction belongs to Lamborghini, who offered a 12-cylinder motor in the LM 002 back in the 1980s.

Nevertheless, featuring a motor with 12 bores will still give Bentley’s 4 x 4 a good deal of prestige, since today, there’s nothing currently like it on the market.

As for the type of engine chosen, expect a version of the W12 motor found in the Bentley Continental series, not only preferred for reasons of cost and convenience, but also according to Dürheimer, packaging.

That said, there are currently rumors circulating that besides a gas fueled W12, Bentley may add a V-configuration motor, probably a diesel somewhere further down the line, likely derived from Audi’s existing V12 TDI, currently offered in the Q7 crossover.

With the chief engineer on the project none other than Rolf Frech, who Dürheimer pinched from Porsche (where he worked on the original Cayenne), it looks like all the ingredients are in place for a Bentley SUV to hit the road in the not too distant future (a launch date of around 2015 is believed to be on the cards).

That said, the new vehicle’s introduction will still be determined by the product life cycle of other Bentley models, which Dürheimer says tend to last six to eight years. “The Mulsanne came in 2010, then the Continental no more than a year later, so the new model will be valuable when we are expecting a lull,” he says. “The downswing is the time to introduce this SUV.”

Yet regardless of ‘timing’ Dürheimer is now more convinced than ever that the demand for such a machine  as a Bentley 4 x 4 is there. “Ninety-nine per cent of Bentley owners also own an SUV,” he says. “Absolutely thousands of premium SUVs have been sold — Cayennes, Range Rovers, Q7s and so on — but nobody has given those owners the chance to upgrade. We will.”

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Oct 06 2011, 1:30 PM

And it promises to be the most radical example of the breed yet, according to inside sources within Jaguar Land Rover.

In addition, in terms of styling it’s also believed to look a lot more like the Evoque than the current Mk 3 Range Rover, boasting a steeper windshield angle and more pronounced creases in the flanks, unlike its predecessor, which is loosely based on the 1970 original in terms of design cues.

Codenamed L405, it will also be larger than the current model, but also significantly lighter, thanks to the use of a pressed aluminum unibody structure, which should save almost half a metric tonne (1100 lbs) in weight. The new architecture will also result in a longer wheelbase, by pushing the rear axle back, resulting in improved back seat legroom, enabling the new Rover  to rival upscale, long wheelbase luxury sedans.

In addition, interior quality is expected to take a considerable jump, with emphasis placed on rivaling ultra luxury marques like Bentley, rather appropriate considering that the new Rover will cost more than £100,000 (roughly $160,000) when it eventually does go on sale.

In terms of engines, despite other luxury manufacturers downsizing or turbocharging their offerings, the new Range Rover is expected to retain normally aspirated and supercharged gasoline fueled V8s, though in some markets, especially Europe a diesel will be offered. There’s also rumors of V6s making the cut, including a supercharged version, derived from that seen in Jaguar’s CX-16 concept two-seater, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. There’s even talk of a gas/electric hybrid version, though it will be interesting to see if that does indeed, reach fruition.

In terms of getting ready to build the thing, Jaguar Land Rover will invest heavily in re-vamping its Solihull, West Midlands assembly plant, particularly to cope with the demands of manufacturing the unique aluminum structure.

[Source: Autocar]

 |  Sep 22 2011, 5:15 PM

BMW‘s chief executive, Norbert Reithofer has confirmed that the company plans to offer yet another ‘sport activity vehicle,’ this latest one to be called the X4.

Derived from the X3 (shown here), this new crossover is expected to be smaller and significantly more sporty, with its own signature styling in an effort to differentiate it from its more pedestrian counterpart, as well as featuring a re-tuned suspension and chassis to promote better handling. Designed to seat four, in some respects it appears to be a ‘baby’ version of the still controversial X6 and aimed at the likes of Porsche’s upcoming Cajun as well as the Audi Q5.

In terms of driveline options, four and six-cylinder gas engines and diesels are very much likely as are six-speed manual;  seven-speed double clutch and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Like the X3, the new X4 will be built at BMW’s facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina and there’s also rumored to be a M version coming down the pike. This one will probably boast a twin-turbocharged ‘next generation’ in-line six-cylinder engine under the hood and special styling touches, along with requisite suspension and chassis enhancements.

[Source: Autocar]